Reporting John Shumway
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Sunday will be a Pittsburgh sports-a-holic kind of day.
Die-hard Pirates fans Roxanne and Terry Dreher are anxious for the Pirates’ Sunday regular-season home finale.
“I’m not going to church so we can get down here bright and early, and we’re going to have breakfast and we’re real excited,” said Roxanne Dreher, of Greensburg.
The expected sold-out Bucco crowd will need every parking spot on the North Shore.
Since the lots will all be full when Steelers tailgating would normally start at 3:30 p.m., the Steelers are urging fans to arrive on the North Shore after 6 p.m.
To that end, all ways into the North Shore will be sealed off from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to allow Pirates fans to leave and make room for Steelers Nation.
Both ALCO and the Steelers acknowledge there is nothing to keep some Steelers fans from coming when the lots open at 9:30 a.m.
“If they do that, that is fine,” said Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten. “As long as they have their pre-sold parking pass, they will have to pay whatever the rate is for the Pirates game.”
But it turns out, that’s not true for all the North Side lots.
Those closest to PNC Park – Lots 4, 5A, 6 and 6A – are all reserved lots for Pirates fans; so Steelers fans will not be allowed in those lots until 6 p.m.
On the other hand, Gold Lots 1 and 2 near Heinz Field and Lot 7 under the North Shore Expressway are all cash for Pirates and reserved for Steelers.
That’s where the problem could develop if Steelers fans show up early, plunk down their $12 and gobble up spaces needed for Pirates fans.
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